Earlier this week, someone commented on this post that they would like an update on the painted floor tiles in our entry way and around the fireplace.
I thought it was a great idea. I love a good DIY project, but what I love more is seeing how it holds up after a few months, or a year. You know, after three dogs have had their chance to mess it up. Or after a million pieces of furniture have crossed its threshold. That’s where you find out if it’s worth it to spend HOURS of your life on the floor, painstakingly painting tiny squares…
I used X-I-M Primer/Bonder before painting the floor tiles, which was supposed to help the paint adhere to the tile better. I have to say that it really did a great job, and I’ll use it again when I need to paint any kind of tile. They tinted the primer for me to almost the same shade of grey I chose (Gauntlet Grey by Sherwin Williams). I used Sherwin Williams All Surface Enamel in satin finish as the top coat. It’s in the red can, and is oil based. Amazing coverage and durability!
I finally got around to taking some pictures this morning while letting the dogs out. They aren’t fabulous pictures, but they do show that this paint really did hold up to the every day wear and tear that happens at your front door.
As you can see, the paint held up well.
The only place we had any kind of wear that can be seen is here…
But this damage wasn’t because the paint didn’t hold up, it is because when the guys who were renovating our bathroom were taking the old cabinets and other stuff out, they didn’t protect the floor, and they dropped something heavy on this section of the floor tile. It broke pieces of the tile off, and scratched around it. But that’s the only section that is scratched – not bad for painted floors by the front door.
It also held up great around the fireplace.
I used the same primer and paint on the backsplash in our kitchen, which is black granite. It has held up great to water and cooking splatter – no bubbling or chipping. And I would show you pictures of that too, but the kitchen is a mess this morning 🙂 Another time, I promise.
Well, gotta run. My husband’s birthday is next week and we are having people over to celebrate. And if you know me, you know there is a list of projects to finish before then. I’m off to paint something…
Have a great day! Come back soon 🙂